Delhi police to act against Geelani as per law: PC

Union HM said Delhi police will act as per law over the speeches made by Kashmiri separatist leader.

New Delhi: Rejecting BJP leader Arun
Jaitley`s charge, Home Minister P Chidambaram on Friday said Delhi
police will take action in accordance with law over the
speeches made by Kashmiri separatist leader Syed Ali Shah and
others at a seminar yesterday.

"I strongly reject Arun Jaitley`s charge that the
Centre was doing nothing when a seminar was held yesterday in
which Geelani and others participated," he said in a

Chidambaram said the authorities have videographed the
entire proceedings of the seminar and have submitted them to
the legal advisers for opinion whether there has been a
violation of the laws.

"If it is established prima facie that the laws have
been violated, Delhi police will take action in accordance
with the law," he said.

Chidambaram was reacting to a hard-hitting statement
by Jaitley this morning in which he had accused the
government of "looking the other way" when a number of
separatist groups met at a conference to instigate session and
to say that India cannot be one and must be broken.

This, he said, was unacceptable as there was no
right of free speech available to break up the country. This
was against the sovereignty and integrity of the country and
anyone exercising his right of speech in such a manner comes
under criminal law. It is an offence against the state, the
BJP leader said.

Chidambaram said it was not correct to say that the
government was keeping quiet. The government had taken all
steps to monitor the meeting and had also done complete
videographing of the proceedings so that it can go through its
contents and to decide on further action.

At the convention on `Azadi--The Only Way`, Geelani
shared the stage with writer Arundhati Roy and pro-Maoist
leader Vara Vara Rao among others. Geelani was heckled by the
audience with one of them throwing a shoe.